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A California judge has struck down the state's teacher tenure and seniority system, ruling it denies students their fundamental right to a quality education.

The LA Times reports the judge appeared to accept most of the prosecution's main arguments, including the idea that teachers can be fairly evaluated using student test scores. The paper also notes the judge rejected defense claims that teacher quality compares favorably to workforce quality in other fields.

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It costs more to own a car in Rhode Island than practically anywhere else in the country. That, according to the website Bankrate which is out with its first ever Car Cost Index.

Rhode Island has the fourth highest cost of car ownership in the country, according to Bankrate.com.  Only Georgia, California and Wyoming residents pay more for taxes, fees and insurance.

Rhode Island Still Has Highest Unemployment Rate

Mar 19, 2013
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Rhode Island still has the highest unemployment rate in the country, but now it shares that title with California. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Rhode Island and California tied for January unemployment with a rate of 9.8 percent.   Nevada was close with 9.7 percent.

The rates are based on telephone surveys and may not be 100 percent accurate. Unemployment statistics are frequently revised when employer-driven data is collected.

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States that have chosen to make their own online marketplaces for health insurance are moving ahead, some more quickly than others. And there’s no time to lose: these exchanges have to come online in 2014, under the Affordable Care Act timeline. (Here’s an update on where states are with their exchanges.)